Richmond News Community update regarding Teddington incident

14 November 2012

New Scotland Yard

Some of you are already aware of the incidents that occurred in the vicinity of The Royal Oak Public House, Teddington High Street, late on Saturday 10th November. As a result of the life threatening injuries sustained, two males in their early 20s were taken to hospital. I regret to have to inform you that one of these young men, Patrick Lawless, has died as a result of his injuries. My thoughts and condolence go to his family.

There is, as a result, a murder enquiry underway, by officers of the Homicide Command who have been supporting local police offices since the events of Saturday night. The aim of the investigation is to establish the full facts and support a prosecution where appropriate.

There is no current indication at all that the disturbances and assaults in Teddington High Street were in any way pre-planned or gang related, neither is there any indication of weapons, for example knives, being used. The incidents involved visitors to Teddington. I can categorically confirm a number of arrests have been made.

Whilst the investigation is being led by specialist detectives, your local police are actively involved in public reassurance. This will be most noticeable by additional police patrols in Teddington in the evenings and weekend and the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be out to allay the obvious concerns of local residents.

Witnesses to the events of Saturday night or anyone who has any information that could assist the enquiry are asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4155 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Should there be any significant developments I will make further information available on this website. You can also follow us on Twitter: @mpsrichmond.

Clive Chalk
Borough Commander